chai spiced banana cake
It’s been a stupid and brilliant week. Lots of adventure, a bit of fun, some slothing and WAY too much feasting. I had a great weekend catching up with friends. On Saturday, we had an awesome 8 person party, with enough food for 30. Needless to say, I hit the snacks table a fair few times during the evening. We played beer pong, listened to good hip hop and laughed a whole lot. I had one laughing fit that lasted over half an hour. Work was pretty chilled in spite of being crazy busy and I finished the weekend up with Dodgeball and a quiet beer with some mates. Perfect.
Weekly food highlights:
- I finally went to Cabramatta for the first time ever and I was blown away. So many exciting things to look at and the people were interesting. I ate a dry noodle dish with veggies for a measly $6.50. Hard to find a good meal that price anywhere in Sydney, really.
- I usually choose the noodle soup at Pho 236, Newtown. The other day, I had vermicelli with pieces of spring roll over the top. Perfection.
- Chocolate covered liquorice. Enough said.
- Corn chip sandwiches. Put Brie and some chutney between two big corn chips and you’re good to go.
- Half price mussel night – $12 for a kilo of mussels and a big side of vegetables at The East Village Hotel, Balmain.
- Halloumi burger at Dean’s Diner in Newtown. They have 27 burgers available on the menu and I plan to try every single one.
As you can see, there’s been a whole lot of eating out and not much home cooking. A friend recommended a Clean & Lean diet book, that I purchased on Friday. It suggests cutting out CRAP: caffeine, refined sugar, alcohol and processed foods. I agree with a lot of what I’m reading and what I most like is that it is straightforward and doesn’t come across as gimmicky. There is a 14 day ‘kickstart’ meal plan included in the book and I’ve decided I’m going to give it a go, just to get myself back into good eating habits. I’m not entirely comfortable with the amount of meat and eggs included in the plan but I can easily substitute ingredients. I’m looking forward to being more disciplined and active. I’m especially excited about cutting sugar out for a while – it’s so addictive and I know from previous experiences that I feel much better without it.
I’ll be starting my little 14 day clean eating journey once I use up the food I have in stock at home. This banana cake that I made for breakfast is pretty good and was easy to throw together. It is gluten free, sugar free and super soft, like sponge. I had it with almond butter, yoghurt, berry jam and coconut flakes.
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
3/4 cup hazelnut meal (you can use almond)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground clove
1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Preheat oven to 180C.
Combine bananas and egg.
Mix all dry ingredients together, then stir through the wet mix.
Pour into a cake pan and bake for approximately 35-45 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack and serve.